Thursday, February 20, 2014

Smashburger Review and Giveaway

Classic Smashburger

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my giveaway. Since I was accepting entries from this site and my Facebook page, I decided to first number blog comments then added my Facebook comments at the end. In all I had 72 entries. I used Random.org to choose my two numbers and it chose numbers 8 and 43. #8 is Danielle D'Ambrosio and #43 is Nycole Klein. Congratulations to you both and I hope you enjoy your Smashburger coupons.

It goes without saying that I love to cook, but sometimes even I need to get out of the kitchen. When I do turn the cooking over to someone else, I am really spoiled for choice here in the Denver area. Not only do we have a number of highbrow, expensive, well known restaurants, but we are also home to some pretty great casual dining restaurants that just so happen to have gotten their start right here in our state.

One of these Colorado based restaurants, Smashburger, has recently been ranked the second fastest growing restaurant group among our nation's 200 chains. Starting out in 2007 with one store, just seven years later they boast 256 locations, and with their growth I am betting that by the time this blog goes live this number could quite possibly be more.

Honestly, I hadn't eaten at Smashburger until recently. I had actually received an invitation to attend the opening of one of their new locations a couple of weeks ago, and it so happened that at that point I was just beginning to crawl out of my darkened bedroom after battling a bad case of the flu. Since I didn't think they would want me to bring H1N1 as a favor to their party, I sadly declined. After expressing my disappointment at missing their opening, the Smashburger marketing team couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating, sending me coupons so I could go on my own and give their food a try.

Last Friday I drove over to Smashburger's Highlands Ranch location with my husband in tow to help me eat some of the food I planned on ordering. It was a hard decision but after studying their menu we started out on the conservative side ordering two of their signature dishes, a classic Smashburger with an order of Smashfries. We then decided to get a little more adventurous and added a chicken avocado club and a side of their off the menu fried pickles and ranch dressing to our order.

Chicken Avocado Club. Heads up other burger houses, this is what bacon should look like.

Fried pickles with ranch

After a round of "one potato, two potato" I claimed the chicken sandwich and fried pickles for myself, reluctantly passing the Smashburger and Smashfries to Mr. H with the caveat that I might need a couple of bites of his burger and several fries in the name of blog research. He cautiously agreed.

As it worked out it wasn't difficult sharing our meals since we liked them both equally. Served open faced, our burger and sandwich were nicely dressed with fresh veggies and made with juicy (not greasy) meats that sat on top of soft, fresh buns. They were both very, very good.

Classic Smashburger with Smashfries

As for our sides, I have to say that the fried pickles are a real don't miss treat. They are light and a little bit crunchy with a burst of sour pickle flavor, and take it from me, they are only made better when dunked to your first knuckle in the creamy ranch that is served with them.

As good as those pickles were, I must say that the Smashfries easily tied them for my affection. They are thin, crispy and seasoned with just the right amount of garlic, olive oil and rosemary. These two dishes are enough all by themselves to keep me coming back.

Smashfries

If you aren't in the mood for a burger or sandwich, Smashburger also a nice selection of salads. I chose the Harvest Salad and added some of their marinated grilled chicken. I really liked the combination of fresh salad greens, bleu cheese crumbles, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries and raisins which are all drizzled with a smooth balsamic vinaigrette. The cherry on top for me is that since were were eating in, it came in an actual ceramic bowl with real metal utensils. I have to say that this was one great $8.00 salad.

Harvest Salad with chicken

Smashburger hasn't forgotten about vegetarians either . Besides their sides and salads, they also offer a black bean burger that can be substituted for the beef on any of their burgers.

To sum it all up, I am so pleased to have found a new favorite fast, casual restaurant. I guess I thought that it was going to be just another burger place, but it is so much more than that. There are no gimmicks or pretense, just fresh, delicious food that is a little dressed up to reflect America's ever evolving palate at affordable prices. For more information about Smashburger's menu items, nutritional information, or to see if there is a Smashburger in your area, please check out their website by clicking here.

Ok, now for the fun stuff. Smashburger has generously supplied me with some extra free entree coupons to give to two lucky winners. Since I recently switched my commenting over to Google+, you might not be able to comment unless you have a Google+ account. To make this Smashburger giveaway accessible to as many as possible, you can either leave a comment here on my blog, or on Savoury Table's Facebook page.

To enter, Google+ members can leave a comment below or Facebook members can comment on Savoury Table's Facebook page under the link to this blog post. To earn extra entries you can "like" Smashburger and/or Savoury Table on Facebook. You can also earn additional entries by following Savoury Table and/or Smashburger on Twitter. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each method of entry. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE AN ENTRY COMMENT ON SMASHBURGER'S FACEBOOK OR TWITTER PAGES, AS ONLY COMMENTS ON SAVOURY TABLE'S BLOG AND FACEBOOK PAGES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS GIVEAWAY. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

On February 25th at 12 noon mountain time, I will pick two winners that will each receive four (4) Smashburger free entree coupons out of the comments left here and on Savoury Table's Facebook page. Please make sure I have a way to contact you in case you are my winner. I will post the winners' names at the top of this post and on Facebook immediately after the winners are chosen. If I am unable to contact you, you will have 24 hours to contact me or another winner will be chosen.

To avoid any disappointment, please check out Smashburger's website in advance of entering to make sure there is a location in your area. Coupons have no cash value and are valid until 12/31/2014 at participating locations only. They are not valid with any other offers or discounts. Limit one per person per visit. Good luck everyone!

*Smashburger supplied me with coupons so I could try their food and give some away. All opinions stated here are my own. I was given no compensation in exchange for this blog post or any of the opinions stated in it.
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